Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/3/15
From Press Release
The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team faced off with Lafayette in absolutely atrocious conditions Tuesday afternoon at the Leopards’ Fisher Stadium.
Penn senior midfielder Chris Moriarty didn’t seem to mind.
Moriarty entered Tuesday’s contest with three goals for his career. He doubled that total in one night, scoring three times — including two in a row to break a 6-6 tie — as the Quakers overcame the Leopards, 9-6.
Penn improved to 3-2 with the win, while Lafayette fell to 1-3.
Lafayette opened the scoring as Jason Sands drew first blood for the Leopards, but Moriarty and then Chris Hupfeldt (Haverford School) finished for Penn just 1:14 apart — the latter coming off a feed from Joe McCallion (Haverford School) — to give the Quakers a 2-1 lead after one quarter.
The Leopards tied it midway through the second quarter on a nice play from behind the goal, Eric Joseph quick-sticking a feed from Sands. However, Penn struck twice within a minute to go up 4-2 as Hupfeldt again finished a feed from McCallion and then Nick Doktor got onto the scoresheet when he beat his man to the near post from behind and finished unassisted.
McCallion struck in the final minute before halftime, rifling a mid-angle shot from the left side that beat Lafayette goalie Matt Cortese to make the score 5-2 at the break. He then scored in the first minute of the third quarter to push Penn up 6-2.
Lafayette wasn’t finished. Sands ended a long Lafayette drought with an unassisted goal midway through the third period to make it 6-3, and then Morgan Westby (Episcopal Academy), Robert Orazietti and Joseph scored early in the fourth to bring things level at 6-6.
Moriarty put the Quakers back in front with 7:33 left, as Doktor found him through the defense and he hit a shot from distance on the left side. Then, with 2:26 left, he doubled Penn’s lead with an unassisted effort through the Leopards defense.
Pat Berkery finished off the scoring in the game’s final minute, as Doktor led him to an open goal while Lafayette pressed the defense.
Jimmy Sestilio went the distance in goal for Penn, and made 10 saves. At the other end, Cortese finished with 12 stops. Penn outshot Lafayette on the day, 31-29.
Chris Santangelo had a strong day on the face-off X, winning 13 of his 15 draws.
Cory Scheuerle (St. Joseph’s Prep) scored once for Lafayette.
Chestnut Hill College 10, St. Rose 9
Battling the elements, Chestnut Hill College, in a back-and-forth tug-of-war played within a one-goal margin – and under a blanket of snow and freezing rain – came away triumphant on the stick of senior midfielder Nicholas Johnson, whose go-ahead strike with 6:50 to play provided the knockout punch in a thriller at chilly Victory Field #1.
George Markey netted a hat-trick for the second straight game, also dishing out an assist for a four-point afternoon on a team-high 10 shots as the Griffins held a 31-28 advantage in that category. Alec Dambach’s hat-trick was the fourth of his career, and Dylan Klusaritz (Parkland) had three groundballs and a goal and two assists. Senior defenseman Frank Berry III captained the defensive effort with team highs of four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while sophomore goalkeeper Thomas McDermott (Ridley) collected nine saves for his second straight victory (2-1).